This hot creamy crab dip is made with real Maryland blue crab jumbo lump crabmeat, cream cheese and Old Bay. An authentic and easy recipe. Can be oven baked or made in a crockpot. Best served warm!
This hot creamy crab dip is made with real jumbo lump crabmeat for authentic Maryland flavor.
Born and raised in Maryland, I can attest to the fact that this is how we make our crab dip! This is the recipe my family has made for years.
★ Why You'll Love this Recipe ★
Maryland Crab Dip is a delectable seafood appetizer popular in Maryland, Delaware and beyond.
It's made with lump crabmeat, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and various seasonings, then baked until it's hot and bubbly.
Crab dip is typically served with crackers, bread, or soft pretzel pieces but can be served with vegetable sticks for dipping as well.
This tasty appetizer is easy to make. Just stir everything together and either oven bake or you can heat everything in your crockpot.
★ Ingredients You'll Need ★
You'll need some basic ingredients that you can find at any grocery store.
However, the most important ingredient is the crab itself. You want to use Maryland jumbo lump crabmeat.
- Lump crabmeat.
You can sometimes find fresh lump crabmeat at Sam's club or at your local store if your grocery store has a fresh seafood section. A seafood market would likely have Maryland blue crabmeat too. Another option would be to order online. Graham & Rollins offers crabmeat for sale online. This crab is sources from the Chesapeake Bay which is what you want.
The remaining ingredients you'll need are:
- Cream cheese
- Sour cream
- Lemon juice
- Worcestershire sauce
- Mustard powder
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Garlic salt
- Old Bay seasoning
★ How to Make this Recipe ★
It's very easy to make this crab dip.
Here's a quick look at what's involved:
- Blend together all ingredients except for crab until well mixed. You can use an electric mixer or stir by hand.
- Fold in fresh crabmeat.
- Transfer to an oven-safe serving dish or crockpot.
- Bake or slow cook, stirring as needed.
Very simple and the result is delicious!
★ Tips & FAQs ★
Where to Buy Old Bay
Old Bay is the quintessential seasoning blend for Maryland crabs. You can find this at most grocery stores. It looks like this:
What kind of crabmeat is best for this dip?
Lump crabmeat is the best choice for Maryland Crab Dip. It consists of large, tender chunks of crab and provides the dish with a rich, sweet flavor.
Canned lump crabmeat can be used, however the flavor is not ideal and there are often times shells present in canned crabmeat.
Can I use imitation crabmeat in this recipe?
While you can technically use imitation crabmeat, it won't provide the same authentic flavor and texture as real crabmeat. Maryland Crab Dip is best enjoyed with genuine lump crabmeat for the best taste and quality.
Can this dip be made in advance?
Yes, you can make the dip in advance. Prepare it up to a day ahead and store it in the refrigerator. When you're ready to serve, simply bake as directed in the recipe.
This dip can be stored in the fridge for up to 3-5 days.
This dip can be frozen for up to 2 months. However, the texture of the dip may change so freezing this dip is not ideal.
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**A special thank you to my step mom for sharing this recipe and for making this crab dip for me over the years**
Hot Maryland Crab Dip
- 8 oz lump crabmeat
- 8 oz cream cheese
- ½ cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon mustard powder
- 1 tablespoon milk
- ¼ cup cheddar cheese
- pinch garlic salt
- Old Bay seasoning to taste
- Soft pretzel nuggets, chips, slices of crusty bread or Ritz crackers
- In a large bowl, mix cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, mustard powder, and garlic salt until smooth then add milk, cheddar cheese and Old Bay.
- Fold in cooked crab meat then transfer to a baking/serving dish or crockpot. Sprinkle with a little extra cheddar cheese on top for garnish if you want then bake at 350˚ for 25 minutes or until crab dip is hot all the way through.
- To heat using a crockpot, set to high and cook for at least 1 hour or until hot, stirring as needed.
- Serve with fresh bread, chips, soft pretzel nuggets or Ritz crackers.